​CARE OF THE TEETH AND GUMS

E-GUIDER | April 14, 2017 | Children Health,Family health,Health care

CARE OF THE TEETH AND GUMS

Taking good care of teeth and gums is important because:

1. Strong, healthy teeth are needed to chew and digest food well. 

2. Painful cavities (holes in the teeth caused by decay) and sore gums can be prevented by good tooth care. 

3. Decayed or rotten teeth caused by lack of cleanliness can lead to serious infections that may affect other parts of the body. 

TO KEEP THE TEETH AND GUMS HEALTHY:

1. Avoid sweets. Eating many sweets (sugar cane, candy, pastry, tea or coffee with sugar, soft or fizzy drinks like colas, etc 

  • Do not accustom children to sweets or soft drinks if you want them to have good teeth. 

2. Brush teeth well every day__and always brush immediately after eating anything sweet. Start brushing your children’s teeth as the teeth apper. Later, teach them to brush their teeth themselves, and watch to see that they do it right. 

  • Brush the teeth from top to bottom, not just from side to side. Brush the front, back, top, and bottom of all teeth. 

3. Putting fluoride in the drinking water or directly on teeth helps prevent cavities. Some health programs put fluoride onto children’s teeth once or twice a year, if the natural fluoride in the water has been tested and is found to be below the recommended level. Most foods from the sea contian much fluoride. 

CAUTION: Fluoride is poisonous if more than a small amount is swallowed. Use with care and keep it out of the reach of children. 

4. Do not bottle feed older babies. Continual sucking on a bottle bathes the baby’s teeth im sweet liquid and causes early decay. (It is best not to bottle feed at all). 



IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TOOTHBRUSH

Use the twinh of a tree, like this:

Sharpen on one end to clean between the teeth. 

Chew on the other end anf use the fibers as a brush. 

                          OR

Tie a piece of rough towel around the end of a stick, and use it as a toothbrush.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TOOTHPASTE

  Make a tooth powder by mixing salt and bicarbonate soda in equal amounts. To make it stick, wet the brush before putting it in the powder. 

   Salt with soda works as well as toothpaste fpr cleaning teeth. If you do not have bicarbonate of soda, just use plain salt. Even water alone is enough, if you rub well. 

IF A TOOTH ALREADY HAS A CAVITY

   To keep it from hurting as much or forming an abscess, avoid sweet things and brush well after every meal. 

  •    If possible, see a dental worker right away. If you go soon enough, he can often clean and fill the tooth so it will last for many years. 
  • When you have a tooth with a cavity, do not wait until it hurts a lot. Have it filled by a dental worker right away. 


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